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The following resources give an introduction towards gender-sensitive programming, inclusion and women as change agents.

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The following resources give an introduction towards gender-sensitive programming, inclusion and women as change agents.

2011 10 BRIDGE - Gender and Climate Change Climate change is increasingly being recognised as a global crisis, but responses to it have so far been overly focused on scientific and economic solutions, rather than on the significant human and gender dimensions. This report highlights the need to put people at the centre of climate change responses, paying particular attention to the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality. Download link:

2011 10 Why Women Matter: The gender dimension of climate change adaptation policies Four of the National Missions under India's National Action Plan on Climate Change focus on climate change adaptation in the areas of agriculture, water resources, forests and the Himalayan eco-system. Successful adaptation to climate change, however, requires recognition of poor women as critical partners in both driving and delivering solutions because women often constitute a majority of the work force in these sectors. This pilot research documented some of the gender-differentiated climate change impacts and adaptation interventions. It also examined scientific evidence and women's perceptions on how key climate parameters like rainfall, temperature and wind patterns are changing and how this is affecting their agriculture-related livelihoods. The research suggests specific gender-responsive policy and practice recommendations for the implementation of the four adaptation-focused National Missions. Download link:

2011 09 Engendering the Climate for Change: Policies and Practices for Gender-Just Adaptation This research report by Aditi Kapoor explicitly highlights the causes and concerns of women due to changing climate. It rightly points out that climate change would put an extra pressure on women activities ranging from agriculture, fetching water to fodder collection; and critically analyses the implications for women livelihoods generation. Its criticism seems to be genuine that most of India's responses to climate change and its adaptation policies at best are "gender blind" or "gender neutral". Even all eight missions of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) of India explicitly and implicitly recognize the gender concerns, but largely ignore any gender specific measures in the climate change adaptation mechanism and proactive gender agenda. Download link:

2010 10 CARE Adaptation, Gender and Women-empowerment: Adapting to climate change is about reducing vulnerability to current and projected climate risks. Vulnerability to climate change is determined in large part by people's adaptive capacity. A particular climate hazard, such as a drought, does not affect all people within a community - or even the same household - equally because some people have greater capacity than others to manage the crisis. The inequitable distribution of rights, resources and power - as well as repressive cultural rules and norms - constrain many people's ability to take action on climate change. Download link:
The CARE Climate Change Newsletter of April 2012 has an interesting article on Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture. The newsletter can be downloaded here: More information on CARE climate change, gender equality and women empowerment can be found here:

2010 10 UNDP Gender, climate change and community based adaptation planning: This guidebook for designing and implementing gender-sensitive community-based adaptation (CBA) projects has been produced by the UNDP. It draws on the experiences of the UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) CBA programme to date, from ten participating countries around the world. Download link:

2010 03 Women's Environmental Network: Impacts of climate change on women and public policy: This report by Women's Environmental Network examines the distinct impacts of climate change on women in both developed and developing countries, women's contribution to climate change, and their involvement in decision making about tackling climate change. In summary, climate change is exacerbating existing gender inequality, and will continue to do so unless addressed with gender-sensitive approaches. Download link:

2009 UN WomenWatch: Women, gender equality and climate change: In many contexts, women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men - primarily as they constitute the majority of the world's poor and are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. Furthermore, they face social, economic and political barriers that limit their coping capacity. An analysis of how women are affected by these issues; and how they respond, is provided below together with references to relevant United Nations mandates and information sources. Download link:
Best, Dennis Bours

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